Employment Opportunities


Executive Assistant to the President

The Center for the National Interest is currently seeking a well-organized, creative, flexible, career-oriented individual to serve as executive assistant to the Center's President.  The executive assistant provides a full range of administrative support, organizing and structuring the president's activity.  The ideal candidate will have at least 1-2 years of administrative experience and be highly professional, detail-oriented, and proactive.   The position requires a BA, and strong writing & editing skills. An appropriate professional demeanor to work with high-level board members and other contacts in and out of government is also very important.  There are significant opportunities for additional responsibility in this small office environment for a capable individual.

The Center for the National Interest is a non-partisan public policy institution established by former President Richard Nixon. Its current programs focus on U.S. relations with China, the Middle East, and Russia. The Center also publishes the bimonthly foreign affairs magazine The National Interest.  The Center is supported by foundation, corporate and individual donors as well as by an endowment.

Key Responsibilities:

 1.  Providing general administrative support, including scheduling, correspondence, travel arrangements, placing and receiving telephone calls, and filing.
2.  Assisting with substantive writing projects, including light research, taking dictation, typing, proofreading, and editing.
3.  Organizing seminars, briefings, and other events, including sending invitations, tracking responses, follow-up communication, arranging catering, and preparing written summaries.
4.  Communicating on behalf of the CEO with other staff, board members, and supporters.
5.  Performing other duties as needed.

Position Requirements:

1.  A BA/BS is required.  An MA is preferred.
2.  Proficiency with Russian language and Russian area studies is a plus.

 Salary is in the mid-to-upper 30s; benefits are competitive. Qualified candidates please send a resume and cover letter to info@cftni.org.


Senior Fellow, U.S.-China Relations

The Center for the National Interest seeks to hire a Senior Fellow to lead projects on U.S.-China relations and U.S. policy toward China. The successful candidate will be a competent and accomplished self-starter with expertise on one or more key areas including: U.S.-China political and security relations, U.S.-China economic relations, U.S. policy toward China, Chinese foreign policy, China’s economy, and Chinese domestic politics.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Helping to define program priorities and run the program on a day-to-day basis;
  • Planning and organizing regular meetings focused on topical issues in U.S.-China relations, including political, economic and security issues as well as China’s domestic politics;
  • Writing policy-oriented articles and reports, including for the Center’s magazine The National Interest and www.nationalinterest.org, commenting in national media, and speaking regularly at the Center and other organizations;
  • Conceptualizing, writing and submitting proposals to foundations and other organizations, in consultation with the management, to develop and expand the Center’s projects related to China and U.S.-China relations;
  • Supervising a part-time program assistant and one or more volunteer interns, as needed.

A graduate degree in a related discipline or equivalent professional experience is required;  Chinese (Mandarin) language proficiency is highly desirable. A Ph.D. and/or government experience are a plus. Competitive salary and benefits.

To apply, please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, professional biography, references, and one or two policy-oriented writing samples to Paul Saunders, Executive Director, Center for the National Interest at info@cftni.org.